Andrew Cahn

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Andrew Cahn KCMG* (born 01 April 1951) is a former chief executive of UK Trade & Investment, which was responsible for the executive delivery of a government initiative to promote London as the world’s leading international financial services centre.[1] until January 2011.

He has been a non-executive director of US arms firm General Dynamics since 2012.

Revolving door appointments

Cahn was the Director of Government and Industry Affairs, British Airways from May 2000-2006 with responsibility for leveraging BA’s position in Brussels and Whitehall. Of this period he states: "in six years at BA I had to downsize my staff three times, by 20 to 25 per cent each time: this was tough, and not something I enjoyed doing.”[2]

Prior to working with BA, he was Chef de Cabinet for Neil Kinnock at the European Commission.

Early career

Cahn joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) in 1973, transferring to the FCO In 1976 to work at the UK Permanent Representation to the EC in Brussels before returning to MAFF as Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. In 1984 Cahn joined the cabinet of Lord Cockfield, Vice President of the European Commission and author of the EU Single Market. In 1992 he became Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, William Waldegrave, contributing to policy and White Papers on Science, the Civil Service Reform, and the Citizen’s Charter. Between 1994 and 1997, Cahn was Deputy Head of the European Secretariat of the Cabinet Office where he was responsible for co-ordinating Government policy towards the European Union, as well as an advisor to Britain's Prime Minister and other ministers on EU issues. [3]

Affiliations

  • British Consultants and Construction Bureau
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Institute for Government, Board of Governors[4]
  • Vice Chairman, Public Policy, Nomura, April 2011. The role was approved by ACOBA "subject to a waiting period of 3 months from his last day of service and to the condition that, for 12 months from the same date, he should not be personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer".[5]
  • Member of the Franchise Board, Lloyds of London, April 2011. The role was approved by ACOBA "subject to a waiting period of 3 months from his last day of service and to the condition that, for 12 months from the same date, he should not be personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer".[5]
  • Trustee of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Former Affiliations

Connections

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Resources

Notes

  1. UK Trade & Investment, About Us: Our CEO, accessed 08 January 2010.
  2. Public Affairs News, Article, accessed 10 March 2007.
  3. European Archive UK Trade & Investment: About Us, 15 July 2006, accessed 08 January 2010.
  4. Institute for Government, Board of Governors, accessed 09 January 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 8 December 2014